WWE's John Cena Matches BTS Army's $1 Million Donation to Black Lives Matter

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIIJune 9, 2020

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JANUARY 31: John Cena attends
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Variety's Jeff Benjamin reported Saturday that BTS and Big Hit Entertainment donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter last week.

Within 24 hours of the news breaking, the South Korean seven-member band's fervent fanbase matched that donation:

One in an ARMY⁷ Charity Project 💜 @OneInAnARMY

ARMY You #MatchedAMillion💜 It's really amazing to see so many of you coming together to support #BlackLivesMatter. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared, used the hastag and helped by any means to make this possible! https://t.co/FqUNfsWsIz

WWE star John Cena was moved enough to commit $1 million of his own Monday:

John Cena @JohnCena

Very happy to join #BTSARMY in efforts to match @BTS_twt tremendous donation #ARMYMatch1M

John Cena @JohnCena

One of the many reasons I respect @BTS_twt and #ARMY #ARMYMatch1M #ArmyMatchedForBLM thank you #BTS and #BTSARMY https://t.co/2XpaHR6mFP

After announcing his donation, the 43-year-old clarified his intentions:

John Cena @JohnCena

Change is never easy because it takes us admitting that our efforts and methods may be flawed to a point of severe distortion. Be brave and open minded in these moments. Welcome ideas and limit excuses. Change is uncomfortable but can yield much more joy for all in the long run.

The Black Lives Matter movement has been a mainstream topic since George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis police custody May 25. Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital after since-fired officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the back of his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, the other three officers involved in Floyd's arrest, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

There have been protests across the world, including all 50 United States, demanding reform related to police brutality and racial injustice.